Mike Bordick talking to MASN about becoming Orioles color commentator

January 11, 2012|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles have an opening in their broadcast booth for a color commentator, and they are considering popular former shortstop Mike Bordick.

Bordick said he has had some conversations with MASN and expects to meet with officials from the Orioles-owned station again Thursday.

“I am very interested in a MASN opportunity, and they seem interested, too,” said Bordick, who was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame last year.

Bordick, 46, spent six of his 14 seasons in the major leagues with the Orioles and became a fan favorite for his hustle, work ethic and humility, acting as a steadying influence on a terrific 1997 team that was filled with stars.

For the past two seasons, Bordick, who maintains a home in the Baltimore area, has been the organization’s coordinator of offensive fundamentals. He said he would love to broadcast some games and still work as an organizational instructor.

“I hope I can obviously do both,” Bordick said. “I feel somewhat obligated to do some player development, I really love doing that. … I think the maximum at MASN would be 81 games, so that would still afford me the opportunity to do other things.”

MASN’s primary color analyst is Hall of Famer Jim Palmer. Last year, Palmer split the schedule with former Orioles pitcher and executive Mike Flanagan, who died in August.

Bordick said he never dreamed of being a broadcaster but is intrigued if a deal can be worked out.

“You get opportunities, and you see where they lead to,” Bordick said. “MASN has a lot of great people involved: [play-by-play men] Jim Hunter and Gary Thorne, and the best analyst around, Jim Palmer. If I can go in there and learn from those guys, who knows where it can take you? I’ll enjoy it, and if the opportunity doesn’t happen, that’s OK. The bottom line is I love baseball.”

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